AMC Allows Teachers To See 'Freedom Writers' For Free

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (January 24, 2007) — AMC Entertainment Inc., the nation’s second-largest theater chain, said Tuesday it will offer free tickets for teachers wanting to see the movie “Freedom Writers,” starring Hilary Swank.

The offer is good from Friday through Feb. 1 for teachers in grades kindergarten through 12th who show a valid school identification or pay stub.

The Paramount Pictures movie, released three weeks ago, stars Swank as an idealistic English teacher who goes into a Long Beach, Calif., high school and tries to overcome racial intolerance among her students.

AMC and Paramount said the offer was a way to honor teachers.

“We hope this will help express our sincere gratitude and appreciation for all that they do, often with very little `thanks’ in return,” the Kansas City-based exhibitor said in a news release.

The movie, showing at 2,286 locations, has earned $26.5 million in box office so far and came in fifth this past weekend, according to Media By Numbers LLC.

AMC last year held a similar promotion for the spelling-bee movie “Akeelah and the Bee,” handing out around 10,000 free tickets.

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